Cathay & Air France Inaugural [A350] | October 27th, 2019

The beginning of winter schedule brings with it a plethora of new aircraft to airports around the globe. This year, we were the first airport in Canada to receive Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000 and the first airport in North America to receive Air France’s A350-900. As with every inaugural over the last year or so at Pearson, the weather was not the best (read: absolutely awful). Regardless, here’s a few shots from the inaugural of these two beautiful aircraft.

CX arrived first, landing 24R.

This aircraft is registered B-LXD.

Final stages of rollout:

Close up as she exits the runway:

Taxiing back up to T3:

I can only assume they had some gate festivities going on because they called clearance 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled departure time but still left an hour late.

Departing 23:

Yeah it’s bad quality but I already knew that so you don’t need to tell me

Disappearing into the clouds (OVC016!):

AF arrived just before sundown so it was sort of getting dark, I tried though.

The aircraft is registered F-HTYA.

Facing some serious crosswinds on final:

Approaching overhead:

Close up:

Unfortunately I couldn’t catch the departure as I had to leave.

What did you think of these shots?



Awesome! That makes it 5 Daily A350 services to CYYZ!


These are awesome! I really wish that CLT had more A350 flights, but I’m thankful we have one at all!

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There’s some great become light and landing light action

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My heart is split between Moritz’s and Andrew’s spotting topics…

They’re both too good


Actually only 4, Lufthansa is gone for the winter and Air France will be gone for the summer. Also it’s 3 until Ethiopian starts tomorrow.

Your LH is year round right?


I’m honored that you’re comparing me to him


Yeah, year round.

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Great shots! the a350 is amazing.

won’t be seeing the LH 350 till the end of march I believe 😔


Yep he’s back March 31

Oh my goddddd

I wish we had more A350 service. shakes fist at sky Change it now, Lufthansa!!!

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You gave a A350-1000 and if American got A350s, you would have a lot more.

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Be happy with what you got we don’t get JAL, Qatar, Etihad any of that

Oh boy if American bought A350s DFW spotters would get tired of seeing them

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Awesome shots mate! Great catches with that Air France A350. Two brand new aircrafts. 👌

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We don’t have Etihad

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Thanks! Both of them are beautiful for sure

This is awkward but you get what I mean


Fantastic shots! Two great catches on the same day!

I’m always amazed when I click on one of your spotting threads.

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Imagine Delta flying a A350-900 KAUS-LFPG 😍

Thank you!

That would be pretty sick

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Imagine KDFW-ZGGG with China Southern because of AA/CZ partnership 😍


These pictures make me love the A350 even more!

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